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2013 Lexus LX

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2013 Lexus LX Review

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The LX is the biggest, most powerful SUV in the Lexus lineup. Based on the venerable Land Cruiser, this 8-passenger model from Toyota's luxury division is stuffed with amenities and technology. The 2013 Lexus LX is among the few SUVs that offers both refinement and extreme off-road capability. With a mahogany and leather interior, and off-road features such as a crawl mode and terrain-response system, the Lexus LX will feel welcome at the Waldorf or the wilds. But the LX's capabilities do not come cheap. In addition to its $82,000 starting price, the Lexus LX can be a financial drain at the gas pump, too. To move its 6,000-pound heft, the LX uses a big, thirsty 5.7-liter V8 engine that is rated at just 12 mpg city/17 highway.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a big SUV that can tame the wilds yet still get you to the opera on time, the Lexus LX will fit the bill. The LX also has a sterling history of reliability and high resale value.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Do you really need a 3-ton luxury SUV that can crawl over boulders and wade through rivers? If you're among the majority of buyers who will never utilize these abilities of the Lexus LX, far less money can buy you just as much refinement, a more versatile interior, and better fuel economy in a vehicle like the Audi Q7, Infiniti JX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, or Buick Enclave.

How It Ranks

#14

out of 14

Fuel Economy

#11

out of 14

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Consumer Rating

9.4 out of 10
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2013 Lexus LX Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

The LX returns for 2013 with new exterior design tweaks that include Lexus' "spindle" grille, new taillights, and turn signals incorporated into the side-mirror housings. Inside, the instrument panel has been updated, and drivers get the Easy Access system that automatically retracts the seat and steering wheel when entering and exiting the vehicle.

Driving the LX
2013 Lexus LX Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Though large in size and with a 6,000-pound curb weight – that's several hundred pounds more than a Cadillac Escalade – the Lexus LX 570 feels planted on both freeways...

and curvy roads. Though it has rugged body-on-frame construction like a truck, the LX has a comfortable ride thanks to its Adaptive Variable Suspension. The system offers three driver-selectable modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport. The Comfort setting is good for everyday driving, while the Sport mode stiffens things up for a more spirited feel. The Normal mode is a happy medium. With a 0-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds, the Lexus LX 570 is moderately quick for such a big, heavy vehicle. Where this vehicle stands out from car-based crossover SUVs is in its off-road capabilities. More than just snow and dirt trails, the Lexus LX is built to tackle extreme terrain. Paramount is a 2-speed transfer case and the LX's "crawl" mode, which literally drives the vehicle at toddler-like speeds so the driver can focus on steering the big vehicle on steep terrain.
Favorite Features

EASY ACCESS SYSTEM
Getting in and out a big, high vehicle such as the Lexus LX 570 can be an awkward affair, especially if you're one to have the front seat and steering wheel close together. This feature eases what we call ingress and egress – entering and exiting – by retracting the steering wheel and driver's seat for more room.

CRAWL CONTROL
Those willing to take such an expensive SUV off-roading will discover the LX 570 has the chops to go where few others can venture. One reason why is Crawl Control, which regulates the throttle and brakes of the 2013 Lexus LX so the driver can concentrate on maneuvering the vehicle when climbing or descending extreme terrain. Think of it as cruise control for Moab.

2013 Lexus LX Details
2013 Lexus LX Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The Lexus LX has three rows of seats and can fit up to eight passengers in its leather-clad cocoon. The 2nd-row seats fold and tumble forward. Unlike most other 3rd-row seats, those in the LX 570 do not fold forward but to the sides. This creates a flat load floor, but eats up valuable room on the sides. Both rear rows are power-operated, a real help when you don't have the strength or inclination to wrestle with seats. Legroom is good in the 2nd-row, but tight and adult-unfriendly in the third. The heated front seats are plush and also available with ventilation for hot days. Four-zone climate control, meanwhile, is standard for further passenger comfort.

Exterior
2013 Lexus LX photo

The Lexus LX 570 has traditional SUV looks. In other words, it's boxy, bold, and rugged. Like its sibling the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Lexus bucks the trend of crossover SUVs that are "softer" and more rounded. This design for the Lexus LX 570 is appropriate, as it remains a formidable off-road machine. The new spindle grille adds athleticism and elegance to the LX's front, as do its also-new LED daytime running lights and high-intensity discharge headlights. The rear bumper is now brightened with a stainless steel accent. Large running boards add visual appeal and, more pragmatically, they help passengers climb in.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Befitting an SUV that starts at over $80,000, the 2013 Lexus LX 570 offers plenty of features to make it more comfortable, safe, and capable. Every LX has permanent 4-wheel drive, quad-zone climate control, a power moonroof, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a leather interior with mahogany wood trim, and a 14-way driver's seat. On the tech and entertainment side, there's a navigation system with backup camera, Lexus' Enform infotainment system, and a 9-speaker AM/FM/CD player with HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and USB and iPod inputs. Safety features include 10 airbags, stability control, Emergency Assistance Button, and a system that, in the event of a severe accident, notifies an agent who will attempt to contact the driver and can send help if needed.

Optional Equipment

Already well equipped in standard form, most extras available in the 2013 Lexus LX 570 are bundled into packages. Such options include ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated 2nd-row seats, and a center-mounted cool box for food and beverages. Tech features include radar-based cruise control and pre-collision system, a dual-screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system, surround camera system, and – for audio enthusiasts – a superb Mark Levinson audio system with 19 (yes, nineteen) speakers.

Under the Hood
2013 Lexus LX Engine photo

The LX 570 is powered by a refined 5.7-liter V8 that makes 383 horsepower and a stout 403 lb-ft of torque, which helps this SUV tow up to 7,000 pounds. The LX has a full-time 4-wheel-drive system with a Torsen limited-slip differential – with manual locking – and 2-speed transfer case. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic.

5.7-liter V8
383 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
403 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2013 Lexus LX 570 has a starting price of around $82,000. Adding the feature-packed Luxury Package pushes that price to nearly $90,000. At these prices, the 2013 Lexus LX is at the high end of 3-row luxury SUVs, costing tens of thousands more than vehicles such as the Infiniti JX, Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz GL350, Buick Enclave, and Audi Q7, though all of those rivals have a V6 rather than V8 engine, don't have the off-road chops of the LX, and, except for the Buick, seat seven instead of eight. Then again, all those rivals also get much better fuel economy, especially the diesel-powered Audi and Mercedes. The LX's starting price is about $20,000 more than that of the Infiniti QX56, and about $18,000 more than that of the Cadillac Escalade, both of which can also seat eight passengers. Before buying, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the 2013 Lexus LX. Resale value is a brighter spot. Like its rather closely priced brother the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX 570 is expected to hold its value very well over the years.

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2013 Lexus LX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 24 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Great vehicle. Not a flash in the pan.

By on Sunday, February 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "High quality SUV"

Cons: "Low gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Extremely luxurious SUV. Every vehicle has its trade-offs. The main ones for the LX 570 are fuel efficiency and price. Those are off-set by a classy SUV with real off-road capability with unmatched reliability. I test drove the Range Rover but couldn't get over the well documented reliability concerns. The LX 570's fit and finish matches that of the Range Rover."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Comfort Reliability Ability

By on Sunday, December 08, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "plush comfort, quiet, capable and safe"

Cons: "premium gas and MPG."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We bought our first LX in 2003, a 2004 model. I am now about to purchase our 2nd one, a 2014. we have the QX and Range Rover, and GL to consider but they all fall a bit short in my view. As for the firm frame and old school construct, let me say with the right tires I left an Audi three turns behind me on Franklin road going up to Highlands. Once you learn how to drive it the LX can be very agile."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Awesome SUV!

By on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,650

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive! Luxury features"

Cons: "No blindspot monitors on the outside mirrors."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought my LX six months ago. Perfect finish, great features, and awesome technology. Great reputation for quality and dependability. Lexus got it right with this vehicle. Love driving it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

My SECOND Lexus LX 570!!

By on Thursday, August 29, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ride,Comfort, Luxury and over all Quality"

Cons: "Fuel economy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is your big luxury SUV.I mean Luxury!! This is the best automobile I have ever owned. This happens to be my third Lexus. I have owned other automobiles, Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac and Mercedes. The workmanship and ride of the Lexus Brand is far superior. The only negative is gas mileage. But you do not expect great gas mileage from such a large automobile. This Lexus retains it's value better than all in it's class!! I should know as mentioned, this is my SECOND one!!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Incredible SUV for the mountains

By on Monday, February 18, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "rugged luxury"

Cons: "over-priced ??"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My husband surprised me with a 570 for my Birthday. What a gift! It's the nicest car (SUV aside), I've ever driven. We live in Vail, CO most of the year and it's incredible in the snow as well as powerful and quiet while climbing the mountain passes on a dry road. I liked the body style of my 470 better, but 570 puts it to shame in every other way. Stephanie C."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Truly Great SUV, almost NOTHING BREAKS!!

By on Friday, January 04, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, incredible quality, low service costs"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have owned one LX570 (45,000 miles currently) and two LX470s (180k miles on our current one!). The LX570 is a fine continuation of the LX470 model,however I preferred the slightly narrower wheel base/size of the LX470 which makes it more maneuverable and those incredible lighted running boards had us standing and staring at it, with our jaws dropped, in the garage after we brought our first 470 home. I consider the LX470 a collectors item - was perfect for taking my son and friends to overnight soccer games (Lexus has THE BEST Navigation - much better than our BMWs, Ford truck), good for pulling a horse, like a rolling house! The LX570 takes that tradition farther by having the built-in refrigerator in front arm rest and we have DVD w this one (but rarely use - don't lose remote control as necessary to operate it!) But as an engineer, what really sold me on the Lexus SUVs when first driving them in comparison to Lincoln, Infinity, and other brands is their Engineering! I personally like the engine timing better on the LX470 than my husbands BMW645i (I know that is blasphemous) but the 470 just runs so smoothly. Became loyal Lexus buyers because almost NOTHING HAS BROKEN on 4 Lexus cars we have had aside from brake changes (I made to 80,000 highway miles on the RX450h we own and that my daughter now drives), the LX470/570s typically go ~65k for brakes with me driving. We do the minimally recommended maintenance and my husband changes the oil!! Our dealer service (very reasonable . . gives labor discounts & much cheaper overall than the BMW service) states he has 470s with 300k miles still running perfectly. All the electronics, engine, etc. are incredibly well engineered. The RELIABILITY of these cars is phenomenonall! The gas mileage is NOT!! I picked up the 570 last year right after the tsunami out of concern they might become scarce and we wanted to have one for when the 470 wears out, also hoping the larger engin might be better for pulling 26ft boat. Still, wish they had kept the LX470 body, however, until such large SUVs get phased out as fuel standards increase, these are too useful to be without. Truly great SUVs, I cannot imagine any European or American brands measuring up to these."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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